Jolien D’hoore wins Suffolk opener for OVO Energy Women’s Tour
Belgian rider Jolien D’hoore sprinted to victory on the opening day of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Suffolk for the second year running, leading a Boels Dolmans Cycling Team one-two across the line after a testing day in gruelling conditions.
D’hoore, winner in Southwold 12 month ago, led home Dutch team-mate Amy Pieters in Stowmarket to take the first OVO Energy green jersey of this year’s race.
The pair were at the head of the peloton that chased down British rider Abby-Mae Parkinson (Drops) who held a one and a half minute lead as the race passed through Stowmarket for the first time, with WNT ROTOR’S Lisa Brennauer taking third.
Parkinson’s reward for her efforts that brought the finish crowds in Stowmarket to life on a rain soaked stage was the first Wahooligan Combativity Award of the week. The Drops rider crossed the finish line 67th, while team-mate Ellie Dickinson was the leading British rider on the stage, finishing 12th.
Speaking afterwards, D’hoore said, “It was a pretty good day for us, I’m feeling alright, I did Bira two weeks ago and then straight after Thüringen, it’s pretty hard but now I’m feeling pretty good and it was pretty hard and I’m happy I could show it today with the stage win. The team was really strong, and they brought me actually to the perfect position going into the sprint and they dropped me off at 150 to go and Amy Pieters got second herself, so it really proves that we are a strong team here.”
Having now taken three of her four stage wins in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in the East of England, the Belgian continued, “I think I like Suffolk now. It’s really nice and also last year was the first stage so there’s the advantage of having all the jerseys now, so I really like it and today a bunch sprint was expected and I am happy it was this way.”
In addition to the race lead, D’hoore also takes the initial lead in the Breast Cancer Care Points Jersey, while Boels Dolmans team-mate Christine Majerus leads the SKODA Queen of the Mountains Jersey.
Defending champion Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) began her campaign by taking the Eisberg Sprints jersey on day one and with it six seconds of time bonuses.
Stage Winner 23 D’HOORE Jolien Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
Combativity award Wahooligan 85 PARKINSON Abby-Mae Drops
General Classification OVO ENERGY 23 D’HOORE Jolien Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
Points BREAST CANCER CARE 23 D’HOORE Jolien Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
Queen of the Mountains SKODA 25 MAJERUS Christine Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
Sprints EISBERG 1 RIVERA Coryn Team Sunweb
Best British HSBC UK British Cycling 82 DICKINSON Eleanor Drops
Best Team OVO ENERGY Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
Once more the OVO Energy Women’s Tour will offer prize money parity with the men’s Tour of Britain, thanks to award winning independent energy supplier OVO Energy, the title sponsors for a third edition of the race.
Highlights of Stage One will be shown on ITV4 at 20:00 on Monday 10 June with a repeat at 06:25 on Tuesday 11 June on the same channel. Programmes will be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch up service and via Eurosport in the UK and around the world.
Cyclopark will make OVO Energy Women’s Tour history this June as it hosts the race’s first-ever Kent stage.
Outlining the race’s support for existing cycle infrastructure in Great Britain, the world’s best riders will tackle a 62.5-kilometre (25-lap) kermesse around the Gravesend circuit on Tuesday 11 June – day two of the 2019 race.
This stage will see Kent play host to its biggest international sporting event since the 2007 Tour de France Grand Depart, which was delivered in part by SweetSpot Group,
Words by Sweetspot, Images by Chris Maher
- Stage One, Monday 10 June, Beccles to Stowmarket, 157.6km
- Stage Two, Tuesday 11 June, the Kent Cyclopark Stage, 62.5km
- Stage Three, Wednesday 12 June, Henley-on-Thames to Blenheim Palace, 145.1km
- Stage Four, Thursday 13 June, Warwick to Burton Dassett Country Park, 158.9km
- Stage Five, Friday 14 June, Llandrindod Wells to Builth Wells, 140km
- Stage Six, Saturday 15 June, Carmarthen to Pembrey Country Park, 125.9km